| Tuesday 31st August 2004 17:35MDT | → 1 Comments |
… and as expected today was a really sh*tty day. I actually came very close to walking out and I don’t think the rest of the week (and even next week) are going to be much better. As Deep Thought would say, ‘my circuits are irrevocably committed’.
I arrived home to find my copy of Joel on Software had arrived. I opened it at a random page and came across a reference to ‘hit and run management’ that struck a chord. It is defined as:
intense periods of micromanagement followed by long periods of complete neglect
| Monday 30th August 2004 22:19MDT | → 1 Comments |
I’ve been investigating web services and SOAP as the idea behind it is both simple and powerful which makes it very attractive and I suspect it could be the next ‘big thing’. I’m setting up PHP with SOAP capability and plan to play about with some test services.
In the meantime I haven’t calmed down from the stress of last week and feel even more stressed about the forthcoming working week, especially as a lot of people are on leave and an important customer delivery will fall entirely on me. Thank you so f**king much, my company, for ruining what could have been an excellent bank holiday. Something is going to give…
| Sunday 29th August 2004 17:21MDT | → 1 Comments |
Brunched with Valentina at Cafe Rouge in town. It was nice to see her again and I gave her a present brought back from Madison (some funky candles from Tellus Mater). I had Croque Madame and it was delicious. I could visualise myself having breakfast in there, starting the day at my own pace with no hassle before wandering off to an otherwise enjoyable and fulfilling job. Maybe I should make that happen.
I’ve been pottering around tidying up and sorting out stuff to hide. I still find it amazing how much a tidy environment gives me good karma. Minimalism rules.
| Saturday 28th August 2004 23:19MDT | → 0 Comments |
Shelves as art.
| Saturday 28th August 2004 20:45MDT | → 0 Comments |
I finally made those Brazilian cheese rolls today, P
| Friday 27th August 2004 18:50MDT | → 0 Comments |
The week has been far from fun but today must have been the worst I’ve ever had at work. Everything was going wrong, everyone was annoyed and stressed and it was one thing after another. Thank God this is a long weekend (bank holiday). I was so racked off I seriously considered quitting. Now I’m hyper-stressed and it’ll take all evening to calm down. It’s really time I got out of IT.
A nice email from bf has helped. He’s really looking forward to coming here and so am I, if only so I’ll have someone to give me a hug when life (read: work) is getting me down.
I received a spam that looks like it may have come via the network of Hutchison Global Communications so I forwarded to their abuse team and received this in reply:
We are sorry to hear your experience. It is our belief that careless and un-respectful utilization of the internet resources will dampen the growth of the internet.
| Thursday 26th August 2004 20:44MDT | → 0 Comments |
In a sudden fit of panic about identity theft, I decided to hide the contact details in my domain WHOIS entry.
Valentina had two wheels pinched off her car while it was parked in a car park overnight. It made me consider that I ought to get some lockable wheel nuts.
Bf is very fond of putting ‘LOL’ in his emails. I think its cute, especially as he’s not technical so it’s not used in a post-ironic sense nor is he trying to look l33t.
| Monday 23rd August 2004 19:30MDT | → 1 Comments |
I returned from my mother’s with her freezer. Actually it was one of those small, ‘extra’ freezers (though not the tiny ones for football fans to store their lager). I’ll be cleaning it up over the next few days. Bf said we’ll need more freezing space than a miniscule compartment in my fridge and he does have a point.
Speaking of bf, someone he knows who has got a grudge against him was spreading rumours (in Madison) that he was drinking again and even taking drugs. A friend of mine got to hear about it and let me know. I was worried so checked with bf, and got another friend to check up on him, but it was all lies. Naturally he’s furious but we’ve both decided to just forget it and get on with our lives. I’ve only just got off the phone to him. He actually called first but I didn’t say anything on answering as I’ve been plagued by telemarketers recently! I called back (the cost! the cost!)
| Saturday 21st August 2004 15:26MDT | → 1 Comments |
David Davis picks up where Howard left off: Tories to end ‘culture of claims’. He is blaming the Human Rights Act, even though the vast majority of personal injury claims are against private organisations where the Act doesn’t apply. He might want to take a closer look at the “no win, no fee” arrangements brought in by… the last Conservative government.
You could think of the Human Rights Act as an ersatz constitution for this country, in which case do we see high levels of litigation in countries that do have written constitutions with similar rights in Europe? I don’t think so. It’s like 1998 all over again when the Act was passed and tabloids were predicting a landslide in claims with such ludicrous suggestions that schoolchildren would claim wearing uniforms was an infringement of their freedom of expression. Oh look, that didn’t happen either.
Essentially, the Tories would rather the people of this country had no written rights and our freedoms existed only as privileges proffered by the elite - to be withdrawn at a whim (i.e. when it ever challenged their power).
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| Friday 20th August 2004 22:34MDT | → 1 Comments |
Arrived safely at my mother’s, after a tedious drive in rotten weather. She seems fine - just looking a little rough as she’s had problems sleeping. Apparently having worn glasses since the age of ten but now having near-perfect eyesight back is taking some getting used to. It’s affecting her balance, understandably, and she occasionally gets a bit dizzy though this will pass.
It’s also my eldest sister’s birthday coming up so I’ll be taking her shopping for a present tomorrow.
MPs’ scrutiny ‘failing’ on EU law. It seems that Digby “don’t want the monkeys running the zoo” Jones doesn’t actually know how legislation is passed in the EU. He’d be better off speaking to members of the European Parliament and the relevant Government minister in the Council as they are the ones who can make changes to proposals. Though, he does say:
“There have been instances where Labour MEPs in Brussels have voted directly against the policy of the UK Government.”
Probably because they voted in favour of what was best for the citizens as that’s why they’re there.